, Volume 106, Issue 2, pp 837–847

The Research Core Dataset for the German science system: challenges, processes and principles of a contested standardization project


DOI: 10.1007/s11192-015-1816-y

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Biesenbender, S. & Hornbostel, S. Scientometrics (2016) 106: 837. doi:10.1007/s11192-015-1816-y


The paper provides an introduction to the recently completed project to derive a Research Core Dataset (RCD) for the German science system. In addition to explaining the rationale and background of the standardization project, it describes the workflow of the RCD project by focusing on the challenges, approaches and processes as well as the guiding principles. In this context, the paper also explains the peculiarities of the German science system and compares the project to other international standardization endeavours. The paper concludes with a short outlook on the potential chances and risks of the project.


Comparability Data integration Data quality Standardization 

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© Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, Hungary 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW)BerlinGermany

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